— Individuals ages 50 and older make tremendous contributions to improve our communities. Their life and professional experiences shape and inform their ability to disrupt, innovate, and create. They truly are champions and trailblazers, and their efforts and groundbreaking contributions need to be recognized. That’s why AARP Illinois and Crain’s Chicago Business have joined together to launch 50@50+ Illinois – a recognition of Illinoisans over the age of 50 who are making a positive impact in their communities. They don’t adhere …

— By Ryan Gruenenfelder   For too long Illinois has been without a comprehensive, balanced budget that helps make life better for residents of all ages. Since 2002, the Governor and the General Assembly have failed to pass a truly balanced budget. And for almost two years, the State has operated without anything beyond a ‘stop-gap’ budget.  This budgetary inaction has led to a current fiscal year 2017 budget deficit of somewhere between $5.4 billion to $7.8 billion, depending on whose …

— Millions of family caregivers in Illinois will have many reasons to celebrate during National Caregiving Month in November, as new laws will provide much and urgently needed help for them as they take care of their loved ones. Thanks to the tireless advocacy of AARP, the Hospital Association and other groups, the Illinois CARE Act will help to significantly increase coordination between caregivers and hospitals. The law requires hospitals to: Provide your loved one the opportunity to designate a family …

— Wednesday, May 17th, AARP Illinois along with Illinois Public Media and NPR Illinois hosted an Illinois Issues Forum entitled State Budget: Past Due on the state budget impasse in Champaign, Illinois.  The 2nd of an 11 part series allows Illinois residents who have been directly impacted to discuss the burden the lack of a balanced budget has placed on their community. The forum held at the iHotel and Conference Center included AARP State President Rosanna Marquez; former Illinois governor Jim …

— Thursday, April 27th, Approximately 150 Illinois attended the first AARP Illinois-NPR Illinois town hall on the state budget forum entitled: State Budget: Past Due.  This event held at the Wyndham: Springfield Center is a key component of our Enough is Enough campaign. With nearly $10 billion in deficit and $14 billion in unpaid bills, millions of Illinoisans of all ages have lost critical services and all Illinoisans now face burdens as the crisis worsens. Illinois needs a comprehensive budget solution …

— AARP Illinois Enough is Enough advocacy campaign is in full swing, and on Thursday, April 27th, we will host along with NPR Illinois our first Town Hall Forum – in Springfield.  Our mission is to put pressure on elected officials to come up with plans that once and for all fix Illinois’ prolonged fiscal crisis. AARP State Director, Bob Gallo was interviewed today by Sean Crawford, News Director for NPR Illinois and the interview is being played across the entire NPR …

— Enough is Enough! Illinois needs long term budgetary and fiscal solutions that work for everybody and your State Representative needs to be accountable to you on what his/her solution is for a balanced budget and to pay the state’s overdue bills. Sign AARP Illinois on-line petition action.aarp.org/EnoughisEnough or call our toll free hotline at 844-226-1190 and make your voice heard. Have you or your loved ones lost services you need because the Legislature and the Governor cannot agree on a balanced …

— United States Senator Dick Durbin invited AARP Illinois to stand beside him in a press conference today to discuss the American Healthcare Act. Illinois State Director, Bob Gallo, conveyed AARP’s opposition to the American Health Care Act.  The press conference allowed AARP to express their serious concerns about the impact this legislation will have on older Americans and their families. AARP is troubled that the American Health Care Act will weaken the fiscal sustainability of Medicare and would open the …

— AARP Illinois State President Rosanna Marquez was on TV very early yesterday, for the Eyewitness Sunday Morning News Show on ABC affiliate WLS-TV Channel 7, discussing our #ProtectMedicare campaign, talking about our priorities and the impact on millions of Illinoisans if things like vouchers ever came into fruition. Watch link below and see what AARP Illinois is doing to fight for our members. AARP Fights for Medicare for Protection    

— With the 2017 legislative session under way, AARP Illinois is urging lawmakers to pass a fully functional budget that helps older residents continue to live independently in their own homes. Among other issues, the state office is fighting for affordable utility rates and supportive services for family caregivers. AARP Illinois invites members to amplify these efforts by joining its advocacy team. Volunteer training sessions will be scheduled in Chicago and Springfield. Interested? Call Teresa Jones at 217-747-8881 or email her …

— AARP fights for the issues that matter most! Yesterday, AARP Illinois joined the Bronzeville Neighborhood Collaborative for a 4th Ward Candidates Debate where contenders sparred for over healthcare, employment, safety, security and education. Chicago’s WVON radio personality Cliff Kelly moderated a distinguished panel that included appointed Alderman Sophia King who was endorsed by President Obama, along with candidates Ebony Lucas, Gregory Seal Livingston, Gerald Scott McCarthy and Marcellus Moore. AARP’s Ruby Haughton-Pitts told the standing room only crowd that informed …

— Illinois State Director Bob Gallo spoke with Illinois News Network providing insight into the proposed new tax on retirement income. See below for link and text of an interview Illinois News Network Link ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK TEXT A Chicago-based nonprofit says raising the state’s income tax and taxing retirement income will fix Illinois’ budget mess. The nation’s largest advocacy group for retirees disagrees. The Civic Federation released a series of suggestions Friday that they say the state could use to …

— AARP Illinois State Director, Bob Gallo, was a guest on Illinois News Connection speaking about the concerns that AARP has around ideas like Medicare vouchers. Link and full story below: AARP Illinois On Illinois News Connection   SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A campaign has been launched in Illinois to save Medicare. AARP is trying to rally state residents to write or call members of Congress to save the program that affects millions of people. AARP State Director Bob Gallo says a new …